Defeat may not end ‘personhood’ efforts in Miss.

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The “personhood” proposal contained in Initiative 26, or something like it, could resurface next year in the Mississippi Legislature, Republican Gov.-elect Phil Bryant said.

But he stepped back from comments he made before the election that the anti-abortion initiative’s defeat would mean victory for Satan.

Mississippi already has some of the nation’s toughest abortion regulations, and Bryant noted that anti-abortion bills are often introduced.

“I would be very surprised if a member of the Legislature didn’t introduce some legislation similar to that,” the Republican said Wednesday.

Voters rejected the proposed state constitutional amendment by a 58 percent to 42 percent margin on Tuesday, with 98 percent of precincts reporting. The amendment would have defined life as beginning at fertilization. It sought to ban abortion, and many physicians said it could have made some birth control illegal, as well as deterring some doctors from performing in vitro fertilization.